The head is stuffed separately with Synthetic fill (I'll explain why). When its full you hand sew a running stitch around the neck. After you have sewn the ears and turned them the right way out you position them on the head and sew them on with a very curved needle. The head is stuffed with the synthetic fill because it's impossible to sew through the cotton. You pick out the eyes (my bears have glass eyes) and using an extremely long needle, sew them onto the head coming out through the neck opening and pulling very tightly so that you give the head a nice indentation where the eyes are. Tie off threads from both eyes and leave excess thread in head. Place a joint disk inside the neck with the screw facing out, then tighten the thread, closing up the neck, and enclosing the joint disk into the head cavity.Joining the head onto the bear involves holding the neck joint disk with a shifter and screwing the lock nut onto the screw from inside the body cavity. The head is now joined to the body. Now you stuff the body with the cotton fill, and blind sew the opening. Next you pick out your nose. Some people use a plastic nose but I like to do the traditional sewn nose. Which is usually made with a nice black, or brown embroidery cotton. The nose is a very individual thing for a bear. As long as its sewn neatly and straight. Then you make three stitches for the mouth, pulling in slightly to give it a nice shape. To finish some people stitch the paws and feet to give them more detail.
The three big bears were machine sewn. The little fluffy white bear and the miniature bear where completely hand sewn. And yes the miniature was a PAIN to make and he DOES have movable joints, and sewn feet. I have made a few more over the years that I gave away, and I still have a few more, waiting to be brought to life.
One day I will get around to it..lol.
|My favourite is the gorgeous blue and brown fella in the back.|